Muslim Cleric Expelled for Advocating Beating of Women

April 20, 2004

Source: BBC News

On April 20, 2004 the BBC News reported, "France's interior ministry has ordered the expulsion of a Muslim cleric who advocated the beating of women. Algerian-born Abdelkader Bouziane, an imam in eastern Lyon, told a magazine that the Koran authorised the beating and stoning of adulterous wives. Mr. Bouziane also expressed hopes that 'the entire world becomes Muslim.' The remarks caused an immediate outcry in France, which hosts Europe's largest Muslim community - about five million people, mainly of north African origin. Muslim leaders in France also condemned the imam's remarks, saying Islam did not condone domestic violence. However, the leader of France's National Council of Muslims warned the French media not to seek to portray all Muslims in the West as fundamentalists, or to stir up anti-Islamic sentiment by seeking out extremist opinion. Abdelkader Bouziane has become the second imam this month to face deportation from France."